Kenya allows conditional return of spectators to stadiums


Uganda’s Enock Walusimbi (2nd from right) tries to score during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying round group E soccer match between Kenya and Uganda at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on September 2, 2021. / CFP

Uganda’s Enock Walusimbi (2nd from right) tries to score during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying round group E soccer match between Kenya and Uganda at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on September 2, 2021. / CFP

The Kenyan government officially announced on Saturday the return of spectators to the stadiums after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the national curfew earlier this week.

This follows discussions between the cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, Amina Mohammed, and her counterpart from the Ministry of Health, Mutahi Kagwe.

The return of supporters is however subject to conditions specified in the press release issued by the Ministry of Sports. He said event planners need to make sure they use up to two-thirds of the capacity of each facility.

“However, every event organizer must comply with the host (local) and international federations’ requirements regarding spectators,” the ministry said in a joint statement.

Local event organizers will be required to provide prior written approvals of the number of spectators allowed for the event by the federation registered in Kenya.

Similar approval will be required from local and global governing bodies for international events.

The government emphasizing that the resumption of sports protocols described last year remains in force, event organizers will also have to demonstrate to the Ministry of Sports their ability to “secure and manage their spectators and their property during such events”.

The ministry on Friday authorized local football club Gor Mahia to host 10,000 supporters in their CAF Confederations Cup clash against Sudanese Al Ahly Merowe, which will be played in Nairobi on Sunday.

Sports activities and supporters were banned from stadiums in March 2020 following the start of the global pandemic in Kenya before the government lifted its suspension from activity but without supporters in November last year.

Source (s): Xinhua News Agency

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